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    A Midsummer Night’s Adriatic Dream

    I once dreamt of a mystical place where a medieval village nested upon an enchanted fjord hidden from the world by a series of majestically jagged mountains.  This kingdom, [...]
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    Love at the Bottom of the Sea

    Many of us recognize that the special bond between a father and his daughter is an irreplaceable force that nothing in the universe can break.  Whether he is proudly [...]
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    Puglia: The Far Side of the Boot

    Seekers of all things Italian often have an inevitable tendency to focus their admiration on the country’s usual suspects:  Tuscany, Northern Italy, Amalfi Coast, and even [...]
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    My Visit to Marchesi di Barolo

    On a warm summer day in July, I found myself driving through Italy’s Piedmont wine region and stopped by the beautiful village of Barolo. Mesmerizing with its continuous [...]
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    Grower Champagne Anyone?

    Last Monday happened to be one my favorite days of the year.  Why, you ask?  Well, it just so happened to be the annual Grower-Producer Champagne event from Terry Theise [...]
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    Get Lost

      Security and uniformity are the enemies of growth and enlightenment.  People are all victims of their own insecurities, so don’t let others impact how you feel [...]
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    German Love

    As my tribute to the inexplicably mesmerizing wines of Deutschland, this article is titled after the song “German Love” by one of my all-time favorite indie bands, [...]
In the spotlight

My Top Wines of the Week

by juju in Wine Reviews

Here are my thoughts on some of the fantastic wines I’ve tasted recently.    As published in Drink Me Magazine. -Juju   2011 Domaine Paul Blanck -  Pinot [...]

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Wine & Spirit Features

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    Tannat: A Friend with Healthy Benefits

    April 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

    Now here is a grape you may have never encountered before.  But don ’t worry, it’s not because you’ve been living under a rock.  Because these wines are so far under [...]
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    To Dosage or Not to Dosage?

    January 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

    So just what in the hell is dosage?  Technically speaking, it’s the final addition to sparkling wine that’s composed of a mixture of cane sugar syrup and wine – thus [...]
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    Bermet: A Serbian Treat

    September 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

    Sophisticated in style yet luscious to the touch, Bermet is a fabulous sweet wine nestled within the limits of Serbia.  Typically boozed up with between 16-18% alcohol, [...]

Stories from Abroad

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    A Midsummer Night’s Adriatic Dream

    August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

    I once dreamt of a mystical place where a medieval village nested upon an enchanted fjord hidden from the world by a series of majestically jagged mountains.  This kingdom, [...]
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    Get Lost

    May 13, 2014 // 4 Comments

      Security and uniformity are the enemies of growth and enlightenment.  People are all victims of their own insecurities, so don’t let others impact how you feel [...]
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    ‘Taro’ and the Indigenous World

    April 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

    This video clip for ‘Taro’ by Alt-J displays an inspiring montage of scenes from the 1988 film “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation.”  For those who aren’t [...]

A Day in the Life

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    A Classic Journey

    September 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

    For my current excursion through Thailand I decided to bring along an old friend.  This friend is complex, edgy, compulsive, and ultimately illuminating.  He goes by the [...]
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    The Old Man and the Sea

    May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

    Rummaging through old boxes in the attic of my childhood home, I blew dust off of some old books that I had read back in school.  Peering down at faded cover art enclosing [...]

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